Best of the Best: 2010 BMW S1000RR, Robb Report, June, 2010
BMW's new S1000RR materializes amidst a superbike renaissance, and the formidable competition from Japan and Italy has plenty to worry about: this sleek Bavarian bike is a 193 horsepower screamer that weighs in at only 455 pounds.
With an aluminum bridge frame at its core and a Formula 1-influenced 999cc inline-4 engine that works as a load bearing element, the S1000RR is intended to be as purposeful on the World Superbike racing circuit as it on an undulating country road. Power is mitigated by an optional, three-mode Dynamic Traction Control system that works in concert with a race-ready anti-lock brake system, and an available Gearshift Assistant allows clutchless upshifts for seamless acceleration.
With 62 mph achievable from a standstill in a mere 2.9 seconds and handling that promises to be world class, the BMW S1000RR takes the marque yet another step away from its stodgy reputation. This extraordinary entry not only creates a sea change for BMW, it sends thunderous shockwaves through the global sportbike community.